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Local hospitals flooded with viruses, flu

Hospitalizations due to flu complications and these other viruses are up at most area hospitals. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - If you try to visit someone in the hospital right now, there are new restrictions posted.

They are asking anyone ill to stay home and not visit the sick. And for children 5 and younger to wear masks.

Anyone who goes in or out of a room is asked to sanitize hands, mainly because some nasty viruses have been going around the Tri-State for the last six weeks. And most recently, influenza has joined the party.

Hospitalizations due to flu complications and these other viruses are up at most area hospitals.

At Bethesda North, the team told me that they are almost at capacity, many due to breathing problems.

Most of the time when people get admitted for these, their oxygenation rates are low so we are supplementing their oxygen.

Those in the hospital, such as Joyce from Silverton, credit excellent care with getting them back on the mend.

Joyce's stay at the hospital is not flu-specific, but many of the viruses circulating are lingering.

People are slow to get rid of the cough and, while providers say that once they are here they try to manage complications and get them better to go home, they remind all of us that it's not too late for any of us to take precautions and protect against these viruses and the flu.

Flu vaccinations are still recommended.

So is staying home if you are sick so you don't infect others.

Clean hands and keeping hands away from your face can help too.

Joyce, who's been at the hospital for several days says the good care not only got her better, it's given her a very grateful heart.

"Everything that I needed, they make sure that I have," she said. "So I am so very thankful for them."

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